Following further threats toward Sony Pictures of terrorist attacks on US theaters that showed “The Interview” movie, investigations have turned up evidence that points to additional countries outside of North Korea being involved.
Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) said that North Korea is definitely behind the attack but now, there are suggestions that China, Iran, and Russia might also be involved. According to the unnamed source, the malware consists of packets not seen coming from North Korea but they have from the other three countries mentioned.
At this time, no evidence has shown that Sony systems was forcibly entered, which would point to the threat coming from inside the organization or from credentials being stolen. In addition, the first emails that were sent to Sony talked about extortion and even included demands that had nothing to do with The Interview movie.
As stated by the source, the malware that caused devastation to Sony Pictures consisted of two threads that have the ability to overwrite data but also interrupt execution processes, one of these being start-up functionality of a computer.
Once the first attack was over, the entertainment industry was warned by the FBI that the malware involved was so destructive that destroyed data could not be recovered and if it could, the process of retrieval would be horribly expensive. In addition, evidence uncovered by a forensic expert believes this latest attack that included actual threats of physical harm similar to 09/11 was not within the borders of North Korea.
Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department said that because of the damaging efforts and effects associated with this attack, the threats are being taken seriously and being considered as a national security matter. As a result, President Obama’s national security team is holding ongoing meetings to discuss the attack and latest threats.
It was also learned that on Monday, US security firms were informed by the government that North Korea was going to be blamed publically, something not seen with past practices. When asked about the direct blame on North Korea, Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary declined to comment saying only that it was a very serious national security matter.